News of the coronavirus pandemic in the live ticker: Teacher-President warns: At least one year no normal school operation because of Corona
The coronavirus pandemic continues to keep the world in suspense: More than two million people worldwide are already infected with the virus – 142,422 of them in Germany. In order to slow down the spread of the corona virus, the countries of the world have sometimes set very strict rules. All the latest news about the coronavirus epidemic can be found in the ticker of FOCUS Online.
Teacher President warns: At least one year no normal school because of Corona
Top news (11.34 a.m.): Teacher President Heinz-Peter Meidinger has given up his hopes of normal school operations in the foreseeable future. In conversation with the “picture“Said Meidinger,” you have to be prepared for considerable restrictions in schools for at least a year. “
For example, one would have to halve the lessons if additional grades returned to the schools. One should also think about shortening the curriculum, since normal classes can no longer be held anyway and school material would therefore be lost, Meidinger continues. “You also have to see which curriculum goals are unnecessary,” he told the newspaper. “I am one who always says: no curriculum goal is essential. But now we have to seriously consider what is still necessary to go through, what can be saved, also in the next school year. “
Ultimately, the availability of a vaccine will be crucial for normal teaching, Meidinger continues.
Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister of Education wants to introduce Saturday classes
Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister of Education Karin Prien (CDU) wants to avoid that individual cohorts no longer go to school this school year. It is conceivable that under the corona-related circumstances lessons up to the summer vacation could also take place on a Saturday, Prien said on Monday in Deutschlandfunk. “It has to be discussed now.”
It is difficult if individual classes do not come to school until the summer holidays. She wanted to avoid that if possible. Students from difficult parts of the city would also have to be reached again. In order to catch up on learning deficits, the minister also suggested making more learning opportunities than before for the summer holidays.
Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increases to 142,422 and 4,415 deaths
Here you will find the currently reported figures of the health ministries of the countries.
- Baden-Württemberg: 28,078 (965 deaths)
- Bavaria: 37,786 (1271 deaths)
- Berlin: 5225 (94 deaths)
- Brandenburg: 2378 (88 deaths)
- Bremen: 601 (25 deaths)
- Hamburg: 4347 (91 deaths)
- Hesse: 7147 (231 deaths)
- Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 651 (15 deaths)
- Lower Saxony: 8967 (294 deaths)
- North Rhine-Westphalia: 29,580 (882 deaths)
- Rhineland-Palatinate: 5493 (107 deaths)
- Saarland: 2336 (100 deaths)
- Saxony: 4277 (107 deaths)
- Saxony-Anhalt: 1371 (30 deaths)
- Schleswig-Holstein: 2417 (62 deaths)
- Thuringia: 1768 (53 deaths)
Total: As of April 19, 7:54 p.m .: 142,422 (4,415 deaths)
As of the previous day: As of April 18, 7.45 p.m .: 140,450 (4288 deaths)
Source of infection and deaths: state health and social ministries.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of people healed in Germany is around 88,000
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Merkel criticizes “discussion orgies” about corona loosening
1.00 p.m .: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has exceptionally sharply criticized the discussions about further easing of restrictions in the fight against the corona virus. According to information from the German press agency from participants, Merkel made a switch conference on Monday of the CDUPresidium made clear how dissatisfied she was that the message of cautious easing in some countries had led to “opening discussions”. This greatly increases the risk of relapse.
Merkel made it clear that she was very worried that the good development in corona infections would be reversed because too few people would abide by the contact restrictions. The discussion about easing was not helpful.
The federal and state governments had agreed last Wednesday after almost four weeks of a break that small and medium-sized businesses with an area of up to 800 square meters could reopen from this Monday. The details depend on the industry and state. In the first countries, school should start again on Monday and the days after for the final classes. The strict contact and distance rules should continue to apply at least until May 3rd.
Meanwhile, Merkel is looking forward to May 8th and 9th with worrying anticipation. Then it would show what consequences the opening of many shops and schools would have. The logic behind it: The first people who are now infected will be noticed as infected at this point.
Then you would only know how the economy was doing and how things were going with the schools, said Merkel in her party’s executive conference. You bet that everyone adhered to the rules. However, she was – as participants in the switching conference FOCUS Online report – extremely skeptical and clearly worried.
Prime Minister Laschet defends the opening of furniture stores in NRW
NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has defended the further easing in his state after the sharp criticism from Angela Merkel. North Rhine-Westphalia is the country of kitchen builders, Laschet said on Monday, according to participants in a switching conference of the CDU Presidium on Monday. Other participants also said that Laschet fundamentally supported Merkel.
The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia had announced, among other things, that furniture stores and baby specialty stores were to be opened as a first step.
Germany pays treatment costs for coronavirus patients from other EU countries
9.12 a.m .: The Federal Republic plans to cover the costs of treating seriously ill corona patients from EU partner states in German hospitals. With the assumption of costs, Germany demonstrates “our understanding of European Solidarity, “said Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) on Monday before the meeting of the so-called Corona Cabinet, which is to take a decision on this. Spahn’s ministry put the expected costs at EUR 20 million.
“Germany’s hospitals already care for more than 200 seriously ill corona patients from European partner countries in their intensive care units,” said the minister. “There is the willingness and the capacity to accept more if necessary.” According to Spahn’s Ministry, there are currently inquiries for around 40 additional patients.
According to the ministry, the assumption of costs applies to ventilated, intensive care-treated Covid-19 patients who are being treated in Germany because the capacities in their home countries are insufficient. It is limited until the end of September. Patients are particularly affected from France, Italy and the Netherlands. “Europe stands together even in times of crisis,” Minister Spahn said.
Corona crisis: Czech President wants to keep borders closed for a year
7.11 a.m .: Of the Czech President Milos Zeman recommended to his citizens about the coronavirus pandemic to discover the beauties of their own country this summer. For foreign trips, however, the state borders should be closed for a full year, “so that no new wave of infection is caused by travelers traveling to countries where the epidemic has not yet ended,” said the head of state on Sunday in a radio interview.
Travel agencies and other tourism companies had previously requested, at least in the summer to travel to the holiday destinations Slovakia and Croatia to allow in which there are only a few coronavirus infections.
In the middle of March, the Czech Republic had largely banned the entry and exit of the corona virus. Exceptions to the travel ban currently apply to commuters, truck drivers and, in essential cases, for example to medical treatment.
“Our money is finite”: Union faction vice Linnemann warns of misuse of Corona aid
6.33 a.m .: The deputy chairman of the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Carsten Linnemann, has warned citizens and businesses against misusing state corona aid. Fast help is advisable, said Linnemann of the “Rheinische Post” (Monday). Tax authorities would use the tax returns to check whether the aid paid was also justified. “Our money is finite. We cannot save every company,” said the head of the middle class and economic union.
Linnemann said that it would have to be decided later how possible government participation in “systemically important companies” would be financed. However, everyone should contribute to the costs – “CEOs, bishops, civil servants or politicians.” What such a contribution could look like should be discussed “as soon as light can be seen again at the end of the tunnel.”
Groko-Zoff for Coronavirus Help for Students
6.13 a.m .: There is a dispute in the grand coalition about planned help for students in the Corona crisis. The Social Democrats were “astonished” at the “persistence” of Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek (CDU) to resist giving students “real and unbureaucratic help”, SPD deputy chief Bärbel Bas told the editorial network Germany (RND, Monday editions). The minister’s previous proposals were not sufficient.
Many students lost their part-time jobs in the Corona crisis, for example in the catering trade. Karliczek therefore wants to offer such students interest-free loans.
However, the students need “real help” and not only a loansaid the education policy spokesman the SPDFraction, Oliver Kaczmarek, the RND. Grants would be granted to other groups such as solo self-employed, medium-sized companies and entrepreneurs. He sees no reason “why we should offer loans to students of all people,” said Kaczmarek.
The SPD education politician demanded that the Bafög be briefly opened to students who have not yet received this service and who have lost their part-time jobs due to the Corona crisis. To do this, a hardship fund had to be created from which these students could receive Bafög.
Lockdown-Zoff in Union: Altmaier gets cold feet, Laschet gets really angry
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